One of the take-a-ways from my time with Lee Wood at our simple church conference was the simple concept of “two churches at the same time.” One of the biggest challenges for simple churches is grasping how we can be a committed and intimate community of believers that also grows into multiple simple churches. Growing together and outward can seem at odds. Often, our minds are bent toward the “splitting” (grow the group and then split it in half when it gets too big). Others envision sending folks out of the group to start new groups as opportunities arise. Because… Read More »Two Churches at The Same Time
Below is a link to a podcast that features the story of Lee Wood. I met Lee last year when in Tampa meeting with other simple church leaders involved with the Zume Project. He considered my song “Mega House Church” a genius work of art, so of course we hit it off! Lee’s story will encourage anyone who has lost faith in the church in the US or who has a hard time imagining how His church and Kingdom can expand without the buildings, budgets, programs and professional Christians we have grown accustomed to. Lee is a genuinely humble guy,… Read More »A Story of Real Multiplication In Tampa, Florida
An online simple church course offered by Curtis Sergeant for free! Excellent material for anyone with a burden to make disciples and see the church multiplied!
This week I had the privilege to meet and spend a little time with Ying Kai and his wife and Grace. It was great to have my faith stretched by their amazing story, humble attitude, and burden for the world to know the love of Jesus. Ying and Grace have experienced the power of multiplication in China (a term we can sometimes misuse here in the United States to describe addition and sometimes even division). Their story is a great encouragement and reminder to us that God is in fact a God of multiplication. Through their example, we learn that when we expect multiplication… Read More »Ying and Grace Kai Story
2016 Simple Church Conference Prayer for multiplication. In our fifth year of hosting this conference, we want to have a prayer focus–specifically praying for multiplication of disciples. One of the characteristics of church planting movements across this globe is “abundant prayer.” This year we will discuss the essential role of prayer in simple church and disciple making ministry and we will also spend time… you guessed it… praying! Together we hope to hear from the Lord in prayer about our relationship with Him and our role in making disciples of all the nations–beginning with our neighbors. Certainly we could spend a… Read More »2016 Simple Church Conference / Sept 10-11
The Zumé Project Small Tools for BIG IMPACT in the Kingdom Below is the Zumé Project overview. I would ask that you pray about your involvement in this project. Most of all, please pray that the Holy Spirit leads it! Essentially, it is the same project of Simple Church Alliance as from the beginning we have been led to “multiply disciples and simple churches, starting in Central Kentucky and extending to the ends of the earth.” The best way to think of Zumé is a tool that I believe God is going to use to help achieve this vision He has given… Read More »Zumé Project Overview
UPDATE: Join Gavin and Forrest Head, with BigLife@Home for a Google Hangout on Wednesday June 1st at 8PM to learn more about the Zumé Project and pray for our nation. Details HERE. Over the last several months people from around the country have been coming together from various denominations and even types of churches to pray for and consider the common purpose of multiplying disciples, and yes, simple churches across the nation under the banner of the Zumé Project. The Zumé Project (see video below) is an approach to fulfilling the Great Commission in North America by helping to establish disciple making groups or… Read More »Zumé Project Preview
There are a lot videos floating around that aid in explaining simple church and house church ideas. We’ve gathered several here on this website. This particular video pulls from a few of my favorites. I also like the presenters thought about how simple churches can multiply… be in two simple churches at the same time! I’m interested in your thoughts on this idea. In some ways I think that the first “community” someone would be involved in could be something like a “Life Transformation Group” or a smaller disciple-making relationship of two or three. Nonetheless, I think he does a… Read More »A Good Video Explaining Simple Church
I often think about opportunities for simple or house church multiplication in my region. When I pray, Appalachia frequently comes to mind. Eastern Kentucky is often characterized by its economic and drug challenges. However, when I think of of Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region, I see opportunity–opportunity for disciples and churches to multiply. A recent article online from the folks at Exponential about Clarence Greenleaf (1915-2004) highlighted the faithfulness he and his church family (Grundy Church) in the region. While many the churches he helped plant ended up going the way of brick and mortar, he had a passion… Read More »House Church Multiplication In Appalachia
Joshua Gibbs, in his article Can We Make Classicism Into A Fan Club Instead Of A Movement? at the Circe Institute has an interesting critique of whole notion of “starting movements.” While he directs his message toward an audience hoping to see a classical education movement, I think he raises some interesting questions for those of us who would say that we are apart of (or hoping to be apart of) a simple/organic church movement in North America. He writes… Movements are necessary, I suppose. When I say movement, I mean a group of people who have an agenda they… Read More »Simple Church Fan Clubs?